Returning to work after mat leave

I think that as well as KIT days there should be a compulsory reintegration program. After a year off, my first day back I was teaching all day and on breaktime duty. Although I had done some KIT days I still didn't feel caught up and my classroom was not set up as I left it so I could not find things. When you have some rather challenging 15 year olds this is the last thing you need. Also I'm teaching a brand new subject (to me) with no training whatsoever. I'm also entering levels when no-one has explained the new system to me.

Why the contribution is important

It would help with transition back into work. After my first maternity leave my school had changed a lot and my confidence was quite low. I believe that if I'd had a few days to up skill it would have helped me to settle back in more quickly. I also believe that this would help generally with staff retention.

by NomesE on March 22, 2018 at 07:44PM

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  • Posted by FTWW April 05, 2018 at 12:44

    It's worth bearing in mind that not every pregnancy goes according to plan. Some new mothers may have experienced / still be experiencing maternal mental health problems, or on-going physical consequences of pregnancy and birth. There needs to be much more awareness and support for this. For example, currently, the Equality Act isn't well known (or ignored) by some employers. There is little understanding either of the Act's maternity or disability components, particularly when it comes to making reasonable adjustments. Right now, many employers still count disability / maternity-related absences in their general absence policies, pushing those affected into disciplinary proceedings when, actually, a reasonable adjustment might be NOT to incorporate such absences into this formula. The stress that this causes already vulnerable women can exacerbate illness, prolong recovery, make them less productive, and eventually lead to unemployment, economic inactivity, and adverse childhood experiences for those infants involved.

    The citizens' advice bureau is also not always giving out accurate information on the Equality Act as it pertains to new mothers / the disabled. Up-to-date training is urgently required.

    Investment in independent advocacy (as mentioned in Part 10 of the Social Services and Well-being Act) would be hugely valuable, given that the mental health / gynaecological / maternity issues women may be experiencing are often things about which they don't feel comfortable talking, particularly to their employers where they fear being judged or not treated fairly. These services need to be easily and readily accessible; Government needs to talk to third sector providers about this, and look to be helping them be more sustainable.

    We would also urge Government to look at making miscarriage part of their provisions covered under the Equality Act. We have many women in our organisation who, as a result of (possibly undiagnosed) conditions experience recurrent miscarriage which is both physically and mentally traumatising. Currently, as far as we're aware, such women aren't covered either under the Maternity or Disability components of the Act and so suffer discrimination both legislatively and by those employers who are less than sympathetic. The same would seem to apply to women undergoing IVF or similar fertility treatments which may require on-going medical appointments and have various consequences for physical / mental health.
  • Posted by SarahF1976 April 06, 2018 at 07:37

    I think this would make such a difference to all sectors
  • Posted by FTWW April 09, 2018 at 11:03

    One of our members has provided data which shows that '40% of women who suffer a miscarriage have symptoms of PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) three months later'. This demonstrates how vital it is for women affected to have sufficient recovery time, and for employers to be mindful of this. As mentioned above, some reflection of the scenario in the Equality Act would be helpful.
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